Launch of Mental Health Charter on World Mental Health Day

To mark World Mental Health Day, New College Durham launched its new Mental Health Charter to promote student and staff mental health and wellbeing.

With mental health and wellbeing statistics soaring, and pressures and demands continuing to rise for our students, the College has developed a Mental Health Charter to promote wellbeing and proactively support mental health for students and staff.

Key features in the Charter include: creating an open and inclusive ethos which advocates respect for those with mental ill health, promoting wellbeing through teaching and training, providing individual mental health support to students who require it and ensuring that all students have information as to how to access support.

To launch the Charter, the College held a two-day Health & Wellbeing event to give students an insight into ways of promoting their own mental health, wellbeing and resilience.   A range of activities were on offer including health checks, yoga classes and circus skills sessions to encourage students to be more active, eat healthily, be more self-aware and take up a hobby.

Alyson Shields, Head of School of Education and Supported Learning, said: “At New College Durham we take the mental health and wellbeing of our staff and students seriously, and as such we are launching our Mental Health Charter to confirm this commitment.”

Vice Principal, Dawn Fairlamb added: “We want our College to be a place where learning and working takes place in an environment that promotes mental health and wellbeing. We already have a strong student support network in place; however, we believe that having a Wellbeing and Mental Health Policy accompanied by a clear implementation action plan will ensure we continue to take a consistent and positive approach to wellbeing.”